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WSU Transfer Students

You’re considered a transfer student for admission purposes if you have attended college after the summer following high school graduation.

If you earned your college credit while you were still in high school (e.g., through Running Start), follow the steps for first-year admission. If you are an international student, visit the international admission page.

How to apply as a transfer

1. Fill out the admissions application

The 2023 WSU Pullman admission application is open.

Admission to WSU is offered to qualified students on a first-come basis. Applications completed by the priority application dates will receive first consideration. For applicants for fall 2023, the application priority date is July 15, for applicants of the spring term the priority deadline is November 15. Applications received after priority deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis.  Interested transfer students are encouraged to apply at any time.

If you choose to attend a different semester than the one indicated on your application, you’ll need to re-apply.

2. Request transcripts from all colleges you have attended

If you have less than a full year of college credit to transfer, we may ask you to also have your high school transcript (or GED) sent to WSU.

Transcripts and test scores must be sent directly from the school or testing agency to WSU via postal mail, fax, or an accepted documentation service such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Scribbles, or eScrip-Safe. Please note, we do not accept official transcripts sent via email. If you are requesting your transcripts be sent through an accepted documentation service, please request that they send it to WSU through the U.S. Postal Service. If they send it via electronic mail, we will not receive the transcript. 

Washington State University
Office of Admissions
370 Lighty Student Services Bldg.
PO Box 641067
Pullman, WA 99164-1067
Fax: 509-335-4902

After you apply

When we receive your application, the application fee or waiver request, and official transcripts from the colleges you’ve attended, the Office of Admissions will review your application and all supporting materials. During our review we’ll determine your total number of transferable college credits, cumulative GPA in the transferable work, and which University common requirements (UCORE) you’ve completed. Courses that are applicable to your major will be evaluated by the department you’re planning to major in.

After we have completed our review, we will notify you of the admission decision. For more information about checking your application status through WSU’s secure online portal, visit

WSU requirements to be aware of

While you can surely take care of your graduation requirements after you enroll here, preparing in advance for these two WSU requirements can help you make the most of your time, both before you transfer and after.

Writing portfolio

All students at WSU are required to complete a writing portfolio after reaching 60 credits, which is generally during the junior year.

The writing portfolio consists of two parts:

  • A packet containing two samples of original, graded writing from two different college courses
  • A two-part impromptu timed essay

Keep all the papers you write for your college courses. You can use papers written for classes you took at your previous college in your portfolio packet.

See the junior writing portfolio guidelines for more information.

Admission to your major

At WSU, most students are advised by the college in which they plan to major. Deciding students are advised in the College of Arts and Sciences until they select a major. In general, students can take care of the prerequisites and be admitted to a major sometime in their sophomore year.

In some programs at WSU, you need to be admitted to your major before you can take upper-level courses in that subject. With advance planning, you may be able to meet departmental requirements before transferring.

A few majors, animal science, architecture, and construction management for example, require specific courses that aren’t available at most two-year colleges, so you might need to plan on completing some prerequisites after you enroll at WSU. For these majors, it’s generally better to transfer to WSU as soon as possible.

Be sure to contact the program you’ll be majoring in to see what the requirements are for admission to your major.

Note: This is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. See the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.